December 3, 2018

5 ways to survive the holidays at your library

For many, the holiday season can be stressful, especially for librarians. Often, there’s a struggle with making sure your library is inclusive around the holidays. The librarians at the NoveList office have been there so we’ve provided five tips you can use to survive the holiday season at your library. 

November 27, 2018

EveryLibrary and LibraryAware voting YES on libraries

When I was growing up, my parents always took me with them when they went to vote -- every single election; general, primary, special, local, national. They taught my brother and me that you always vote. You always show up. Moreover, they also taught us that when it came to ballot measures on budgets that fund libraries and education, you always vote YES. I am thrilled to share and to be a part of this partnership with Novelist and EveryLibrary to work with five libraries on their 2019 campaigns. 

November 13, 2018

How to read a book in 5 minutes (AKA how to figure out if this book will appeal to your reader)

The thought of doing readers’ advisory for someone whose reading tastes are very different from yours can be nerve-wracking. You can use NoveList to be confident about the important details of the book by talking about our story elements. With our genre, theme, and appeal terms, you can “read” that book in record time. 

October 31, 2018

LibraryReads and NoveList

LibraryReads compiles a monthly list of the top ten new books librarians are most excited about. At NoveList, we are big fans of LibraryReads and have multiple ways you can help your patrons access these lists of notable titles.

October 26, 2018

Frankenstein Lives!

January 1st marked the 200th publication anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein. This classic has inspired many retellings and adaptations on page, stage, and screen. While Frankenstein’s influence has remained ever-present over the years, 2018 has seen a flurry of new histories, biographies, and retellings popping up on the literary scene, many of them published to coincide with this milestone anniversary. 

October 25, 2018

Reading advocacy

Imagine if we shifted from thinking about readers' advisory to something more like reading advocacy. What if we started hitting the streets, getting out in the world, and talking to people about reading and how it transforms lives? What if we spent more time advocating for the value of reading? 

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